My Approach to Helping
I love working with couples! Fifteen years ago the decision to specialize in couples therapy felt very risky to me. What if I was defining myself too narrowly?
Instead I found focus in my work. And along with that, passion! Passion for helping people understand and heal one of the most significant relationships in their lives.
Couple and marriage counselling is an investment so you want to be assured that you receive effective and cost efficient counseling. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is a couples counselling method that boasts a 75% success rate in clinical studies. I am a certified EFT couples therapist, and I continue to train extensively and deeply in EFT.
Sexual issues are often part of a couple's presenting concerns. I am a BESTCO (Board of Examiners of Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario) registered sex therapist.
More Info About My Practice
Couples In Step offers a variety of options:
-weekly/biweekly face-to-face in office sessions
-3-Day customized and Intensive counselling for couples in crisis
-affordable, time efficient couples retreats
Discernment Counselling: Not all couples are equally certain they want to repair their relationship. Sometimes one partner is considering considering divorce or separation. Here?s where Discernment Counselling can help. Discernment counselling is a short term, structured series of counselling sessions that gives couples the time to pause, and carefully reflect on the long term consequences of divorce/separation.
My Therapy Focus
I am passionate about working with couples. In today's world we rely more and more on just a few significant people to be our cheer leaders and our sources of support when we're in need. Many of us rely on just one person -- our partner. So it is so important to protect and nurture those significant relationships. Of course in every close relationship there will be moments when we feel unsupported, neglected, and unappreciated. At those times we need to know how to get back to feeling emotionally connected. That's why my work with couples focuses on helping couples feel emotionally safe and protected in their relationships. In recent years there has been a great deal of research on adult love relationships. We now have a science of adult love. I use these scientific findings to guide couples who feel emotionally distant or hostile to get back to feeling safe and secure with each other.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Research shows time and time again that the most salient factor in effective therapy is the client's perception that the therapist is effective and helpful--this is regardless of the therapist's training, experience, or skill level. So, trust your own wisdom here. If you feel your therapist is helping you, then he/she likely is!